The Ukrainian government announced on Tuesday that it would suspend its flights to Belarus from Wednesday as tensions mount after a plane was forced to land in Minsk on Sunday amid authorities’ orders to arrest an opposition journalist.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal stated in his telegram account that Ukraine “will suspend its flights with Belarus from 00:00 on May 26” before adding that the plane will not be able to fly over Belarusian airspace.
For example, it was found that the border guards were ordered to “suspend the registration of passengers traveling to and from Belarus at the airport customs” before stressing that the incident on Sunday “constitutes a violation of the aviation convention Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
The leaders of the Twenty-seven agreed on Monday to close the airspace on Belarus and prepare further sanctions to economically stifle Alexander Lukashenko’s government in response to the above incident, which led to the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich.
For its part, the Belarusian executive stressed Monday that it forced the landing, in line with international standards, which it attributed to an alleged bombing threat, and was ready to conduct an international investigation to clarify what happened.